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Christmas is a-comin’ and the geese are gettin’ hacked

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With 11 shopping days ‘til Christmas, Yahoo dropped a lump of coal into the stockings of 1 billion of its users with news that their accounts had been “breached.” That’s tech-speak for “bad guys forged your cookies” — and they are not talking about the sweets you leave next to Santa’s glass of milk. Worse, bad guys have Yahoo’s “proprietary code” — and they are not talking about Pitbull’s million-dollar “trade secret.” For purposes of this holiday migraine, cookies and…

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Ted Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters

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Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz‘s Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. His “Cruz Crew” mobile app is designed to gather detailed information from its users’ phones — tracking their physical movements and mining the names and contact information for friends who might want nothing to do with his campaign. That information and more is then fed into a vast database…

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Dorothy Hukill aims to shoot down GPS tracking

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New media technologies are forcing privacy advocates to redefine privacy. State Sen. Dorothy Hukill is the point person in the Legislature this session for people wanting to be let alone. Her drone bill swats restrictions on mini-flying robots equipped with video cameras like Seiko’s soon-to-be-released 0.4-ounce bug-size helicopter. That bill is now sitting in Appropriations. On Monday Hukill struck another blow for privacy with a measure restricting the use of GPS devices. There are more than 25 global positioning satellites…

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Senate committee clears bill limiting drones

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State Sen. Dorothy Hukill’s plan to keep an eye on spies in the sky cleared its first committee stop Tuesday. SB 766 would protect individuals and their private property from being photographed or video taped through the use of a drone. At least 13 states already have enacted laws addressing drones, or what privacy advocates have called “flying robots with cameras,” and at least another 10 are considering legislation this year. “With the sky the limit as drone technology advances we want to…

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